The final results have been tallied, and 80s one-hit wonder Dexy's Midnight Runners' Come On Eileen is the winner of The Beat's 2013 Bracket Challenge. This year's bracket pitted 16 of the greatest one-hit wonders in a March Madness-style bracket.
Quite popular in their native U.K., Dexy’s Midnight Runners scored only one hit stateside. Released in 1982, Come On Eileen features Celtic influences and instrumentation, while being wholly of the Brit-pop music of the 1980s. Its popularity was boosted by its prevalence on early MTV, courtesy a Julian Temple-directed video. It’s been covered and used in films, but to The Beat, it is most important for being sung to our then-infant daughter, whose middle name is Eileen. Too-Rye-Ay.
Here are the final results:
Come On Eileen over Breakfast at Tiffany's - 86 percent to 14 percent
90s v. 00s bracket
Afternoon Delight over Stacy's Mom - 57 percent to 43 percent
The Beat solicited input and we were inundated with one-hit suggestions. Obviously, many did not make the cut. (See that list here, along with some explanations.) We attempted to stick to artists that charted only one song on the Billboard Hot 100. Still, that method is imperfect, and we used a variety of other criteria as well. As you can see, we divided the bracket by decade/era. This also was not an easy task. In the end, The Beat is responsible for who and what made the Sweetest 16.
The voting criteria were pretty subjective. Voters were free to choose based on which song you prefer in a matchup, which some you feel best epitomizes what a “one-hit wonder” is, or any other criteria you deem worthy.
Round One voting began Thursday, March 21 and ended Tuesday, March 26. Round Two voting ran March 26-April 1. Final Four voting ran April 1-4, with Championship Round voting April 4-8.
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